Sporting, Equestrian, Taking up Your Party, Cassells, The Book of the Horse, 1875
Artist: Sheldon, William
Engraver: West, R C
Paper Size: 200 x 260mm
Print Size: 145 x 215mm
Technique: Wood Engraving
Description: Wood engraving with later hand colouring
When James I set eyes on the village of Newmarket in 1605, he knew it was destined for equestrian greatness. Since then, it’s been known as the home of horseracing in England. And a little over 100 years later, Queen Anne made a similar discovery when riding on the heaths near Ascot. We still commemorate her find today with the Queen Anne Stakes – the opening race at Royal Ascot. Here in Australia we celebrate The Newmarket Race Day every year.
Horse racing in Great Britain is an equestrian performance sport, typically involving two or more horses ridden by jockeys (or sometimes driven without riders) over a set distance, for competition. It is one of the most ancient of all sports, as its basic premise – to identify which of two or more horses is the fastest over a set course or distance – has been unchanged since at least classical antiquity.